SOGAVARE TURNS TABLES IN DEFENSE OF MOTI

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, Aug. 8) – Solomons Islands Prime Minister Manessah Sogavare has submitted a lengthy questionnaire to Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions, Damian Bugg QC, relating to the Julian Moti affair.

Mr Moti was sworn in as Attorney-General last month but is still wanted in Australia to answer child sex charges.

Mr Sogavare tabled the questionnaire in the Solomons parliament.

He said the questions deal with what he describes as the "unsuccessful and unmeritorious Vanuatu prosecution of Moti", the "shameful and politically motivated Australian investigation of Moti", and "Australia's violations of human rights, international law, and the national laws of Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu".

Mr Sogavare says he will not discuss the issue any further until Mr Bugg answers the 666 questions.

The Australian Department of Public Prosecutions is yet to confirm whether the questionnaire has been received, or if Mr Bugg has begun filling out the answers.

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